The WWE has seen a major evolution over the years with the company changing its image over the years. A lot of stars have come and gone, with some leaving an undeniable mark on the industry. However, each superstar has a shelf life after which they hang up their boots, rest their bodies and live out their lives away from the hectic schedule which the WWE has.
The company has seen a lot of talented athletes perform for them, some of whom have pushed really hard to go beyond the limits. Though the time seems to be up in terms of wrestling for some of these stars, they have continued to perform on special occasions just because the company has needed them to.
Some of these stars have become mere nostalgia acts and the WWE needs to pull up their socks and make new stars if they are to continue to be a strong force for the years to come. They simply cannot depend on part-times to prop up their ratings whenever an inevitable dip arrives. Somewhere down the line, it is also the fault of some of these performers who have decided to continue to hog the main event spot despite being well past their primes.
Here are few superstars who should have retired in 2018, making way for the next generation of superstars to rise.
The Devil’s favourite demon he may be, but he is no more the creative team’s favourite anymore. Kane’s direction in the company has been shocking at times going from one extreme to the other. Sometimes he portrays a monstrous character, the other times, he is a comic authority figure. Sometimes, he is a face. The others, a heel. Combined with his burgeoning political career with him becoming the Mayor of Knox County, he should have hung up his boots this year.
The Olympian who won a gold medal, with a broken freaking neck, was a wrestling sensation in his prime and has done it all, whether it has been with the WWE or with any other wrestling promotion. However, with his long history of chronic knee and neck injury issues, is it wise for Angle to put his body on the line in his 50’s?. He has slowed down a lot in the ring compared to his heydays of being the “Wrestling Machine’. With his skills on the mic as strong as ever, he should have transitioned to an on-screen role full-time.
Make no mistakes, Brock Lesnar is still a freak of an athlete. When he is focused, he can still put on an entertaining wrestling match as the contest against Daniel Bryan proved. But his part-time status and with the company’s insistence to keep the Universal Championship on him, his time with the WWE is proving to be a major hindrance for the show. The last thing which RAW needs with its flagging ratings throughout the year is an absentee champion. The sooner they move on from Lesnar, the better.
No one can dispute the legacy which The Undertaker has created for himself. He is unarguably one of the greatest figures in the history of sports entertainment. Yet there is no denying the fact that there is nothing left in the tank for The Undertaker anymore. His matches these days are quite tough to watch with them mostly being slow and arduous affairs. When he lost to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania in 2017, it seemed to be the perfect farewell for a behemoth of the industry. Yet his comeback has sullied his reputation somewhat in the eyes of many hardcore pro-wrestling fans, who simply cannot wait to see the back of him.